Iranian films hailed at Milan Sports Film Festival

TEHRAN — Iranian films “Punch Drunk,” “Hamid’s Symphony” and “The Winner” won honorable mentions at the 40th Milano International FICTS Fest, an event for sports films and television.

Adel Tabrizi’s ‘Punch Drunk’ was honored in the Films category at the festival’s closing ceremony on Sunday.

In 1996, Mahtab lives in Tehran with her 10-year-old child, Erfan. She divorced her husband, Morteza, who is in prison. Mahtab enrolled his child in a karate class so he wouldn’t end up like his father when it came to his character. Erfan’s only interest is cinema and cares about sports no less. Hassan Khoshnood, the tough and serious karate instructor with his dictatorial methods causes Erfan, one day, to run away from the karate academy in the middle of the exercises.

In this section, “Un Coach Come Padre” by Italian director Massimiliano Finazzer Flory won the award for best film.

“Hamid’s Symphony” received honorable mention in the Movies & TV Football – Feature section.

Directed by Jafar Sadeqi, the documentary tells the life story of a former Iranian football star, Hamid Alidoosti.

He is one of the first legionnaires in Iranian football. Alidoosti is also a master in cinema and literature, the result of his life is his daughter Taraneh, a cinema superstar who has won several major international awards.

The award for best film in this category went to “Crazy for Football” by Volfango De Biasi from Italy.

Directed by Sadeq Hosseinkhani, “The Winner” received honorable mention in the football short film category.

It follows a footballer who faces problems in her life while playing football with boys from other countries.

Pictured: Hamed Behdad performs in a scene from Adel Tabrizi’s ‘Punch Drunk’.

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